A Guide To Managing Scalp Acne

Body and facial acne can be uncomfortable, painful, and embarrassing for anybody afflicted, but having scalp acne is a completely different kind of discomfort. Scalp acne might be the most uncomfortable of all simply because of where it is situated. 

Many people do not even realize that they have scalp acne until it has gotten out of control because they could not see the acne forming or spreading. For this reason, many people suffer from scalp acne for extended periods without treating it. 

We are here to tell you how you can relieve and manage the discomfort of scalp acne

Hands Off 


As with any other type of acne, you should not pick at it. Scalp acne is a little more difficult to pick because of where it is situated, but you might still be tempted, and you must remember to keep your hands off. 

Doing this will ensure that you don’t spread the bacteria around your scalp or other parts of your body, which will cause the acne to spread. As uncomfortable as it might be, it will only worsen if you start to pick at it. 

Rinse Regularly 


A lot of the time, scalp acne can result from an excess amount of sebum and other oils building up on the scalp. To counteract the oil buildup, try to keep the oils out of your hair by rinsing it every other day. 

You do not have to wash your hair with shampoo every other day if you do not want to, but you should rinse it every other day so that the oils build up on your scalp can be rinsed out. 



As with any acne, exfoliation is important. However, this does not mean that you should find a scalp massaging tool and massage your scalp until it goes numb. Doing this will only spread bacteria. 

You should find an exfoliating scalp treatment that has a chemical exfoliant in it that can exfoliate your scalp without you needing to spread the bacteria all over your scalp. This will ensure no oil or sebum buildup, which will minimize the chance of scalp acne. 

No Oils


The reason that many of us suffer from scalp acne is oil buildup. Hormonal factors can also cause scalp acne, but a lot of the time, it is because of oil buildup on the scalp blocking the pores and hair follicles. 

To ensure that you don’t have any extra oils on your scalp, ensure that you do not use unnecessary oils on your scalp. Applying coconut oils and other such oils to your hair in hopes that it will soften your hair will only lead to your scalp being compromised. 



If you cannot get rid of your scalp acne by using any of the above tips, it might be time to medicate. Visit a dermatologist so that they can recommend the best course of action for you to take. 

You can use medicated shampoos that might help your scalp acne, or you might be prescribed an oral antibiotic that will help you to get rid of your scalp acne.

Written By:
Daniella Segell

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